Finding Your Subcontractors
Some of your subcontractors can come right
out of the yellow pages. Electricians and plumbers are licensed
in all states. You’ll
usually find several of them listed. But many good residential
subcontractors are not listed in the phone book.
the first place, they may be working out of their
homes and not maintaining a business phone line.
subcontractors commute considerable distances to get to
job sites. So even if they were listed, they might not be in your
how do you go about finding subcontractors? It
may seem like a trite answer, but ask around.
the contacts you have - your banker, the building official,
your architect, the friend who just completed a home, anyone
who might be able to give you some names!
A good source is
always the materials supplier. Suppose you’re looking for a stone
mason for some special stone work around your fireplace. Find
the people who sell the stone. They can lead you to some masons.
How do you find someone who sells stone? Why not ask the guy
who sells fireplaces!
good way to find subs is to visit construction
sites. That way you can also see their work.
Subcontractors themselves are one
of your best sources for
other subcontractors! Think about it.
These people are on the
job sites together every day. They get to know each other.
ask every subcontractor you contact for more names.
GET SEVERAL SUBCONTRACTORS
And don’t stop with just one
name in each trade. What
do you do if you are ready for the ceramic tile man to come, but
he is tied up on another job for three weeks?
You wait. Or you
call another tile man. You can’t have too many subcontractor
BASIC INFORMATION YOU’LL NEED
You’ll want to get some basic
information on each subcontractor. We
have developed a couple of forms to help you organize your subcontractor
contacts. The Subcontractor
is used to list contacts within a certain classification - mason,
Information Sheet, here, is used to keep important
information on subcontractors actually used on your job.
Get some references from each sub. Three
should be enough. If a subcontractor doesn’t want to give
references, you don’t want him
working for you. We have provided a form you can use to accumulate
references on your subcontractors. It will help you remember to
ask about attitude, work ethic, punctionality, etc.
Working with subcontractors
is always an experience!
Sometimes a joy. Sometimes trying. Taking your time to find
the right ones will pay handsome dividends for you when you need
it most - in the heat of the battle . . . construction!
For additional insight into Finding Subcontractors,
see Lesson Ten of our online course
Successful Home Contracting.
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